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Grounds for your garden, thanks to Starbucks.

If you want some free nutrients for your garden and a couple of free garbage bags go visit your local Starbucks. At the Starbucks near my work they are more than happy to give them to you. If no one takes them by the time the bag fills up it just gets thrown out.

I think all Starbucks have their own system but both times I picked it up in the afternoon and it was double bagged in large, clear garbage bags. The grounds are great for gardens but perfect for green cones.

Ever since I put the first bag of grounds around our cone we haven’t had any animal activity. The scent of rotting food is totally masked.

So every once in a while I add a new bag. The bonus is free zero-waste garbage bags. If you don’t mind the coffee grounds on the inside then it’s a very frugal way to bag your real waste. If you really want to rinse the bags out consider the ideas at this great blog I read about attempting zero waste in a military household. Hope you don’t mind the shout out Jennifer!

Starbucks is both infuriating and inspiring. It seems like many of my posts involve them. Like many people’s days I guess. Many people don’t go a day without that paper cup in their hands. So in a way Starbucks is a really important thing to think about. If we all changed our habits and stopped using disposable cups it would make a difference. Really. I promise.


It’s unselfish and really quite ‘cool’ to care for the environment with a ‘less is more’ lifestyle – philharding.net

We have a dire need to get onto the page as a sustainable country – Lord Digby Jones


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


9 thoughts on “Grounds for your garden, thanks to Starbucks.

  1. I knew coffee grounds were good for your gardens and even household plants, but not being a coffee drinker I had never thought about picking up grounds from others. Thanks for the idea.

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | June 11, 2012, 11:04 pm
  2. We save all our coffee grounds in a container and Bill puts on garden……started doing this after we read that they were not good for the garbage disposal and we had always thought they were…..

    Posted by Adele | June 12, 2012, 11:27 am
  3. Aww! Thanks for the shout out, girl! I don’t actually wash them out, though I could. But they are just for yard waste so they have grass moisture in them and all. The wind dries them out for me. They’ve never been dirty enough to even need a wash, even with the crazy compost. But you know, I wouldn’t put it past me! I don’t always get a chance to comment, but I’m reading and LOVING all your posts! I have to go see the one about the dentist visit!

    Posted by Jennifer | June 14, 2012, 12:14 pm
  4. Oh, and thanks for the pingback! That was very kind. I did a little write up about Starbucks ages ago and never put it up. I wonder where it went…..I’ll have to put in a ping back for you on that one. Everyone who gardens should know how they give out the grounds. It’s awesome.

    Posted by Jennifer | June 14, 2012, 12:16 pm
  5. Thanks for putting this out there. I write a great deal about coffee grounds and it is great to see other bloggers getting into the spirit. Enjoy the gardening!

    Posted by shanegenziuk | June 15, 2012, 7:39 am


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